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Hair and Beauty VTCT Level 1 Certificate at Redbridge College

Course description

The VTCT Level 1 Certificate in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector is a qualification that has been designed to introduce you to a range of practical skills from across the hair and beauty industries.  It will give you the foundation, basic knowledge and understanding of the subject areas so you decide whether you will specialise in hair or beauty at level 2.  This qualification has been designed to prepare you for employment as a supervised assistant/apprentice or for further learning in the hairdressing and beauty therapy industries within college.

Course content

This qualification will give you the opportunity to perform your own basic hair and beauty services while assisting others in the salon. There are two mandatory units in this qualification; - Introduction to the hair and beauty sector and - Present a professional image in a salon. You will then be able to select three optional units from a large range which includes:

  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Shampoo and conditioning hair
  • Hand or skin care
  • Themed face painting
  • Styling men's or women's hair
  • Basic make-up application
  • Nail art application
  • Create an image using colour or hair and beauty techniques
  • Dressing hair
  • Photographic make-up
  • Providing basic manicure or pedicure treatments
  • Colour hair using temporary colour
  • Salon reception duties
  • How to follow health and safety
  • Working with others in the hair and beauty sector
  • Create and maintain retail displays or how to perform a head massage service.


You will be expected to complete homework, assignments and an external test. You will also have practical sessions to learn the skills required for hair and beauty treatments. Practical assessments will take place on each other and paying clients.

Future opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for either supervised employment in the hair and beauty industry working as an apprentice or for further study at level 2. You may choose to continue to develop your skills in both industries, or decide to specialise in just one; hairdressing, barbering, beauty therapy or nails by studying one of the Level 2 Diploma courses in Beauty Therapy Make-Up, Beauty Therapy General, Barbering, Hairdressing, Nail Services, Barbering Studies, Beauty Therapy Studies,  Hair and Media Make-Up Studies and Hairdressing Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Redbridge College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2016
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